Funding Provides Mental Health Support for Hispanic Community Affected by September 11 Attacks
In 2002–03, the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, New York, provided and trained other community groups to provide, group mental health sessions to Latinos affected by the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.
The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families created the "Circulos en Apoyo" (Circles of Support) groups for Latin American immigrants who were directly affected by the September 11th attacks, including families of the deceased, displaced workers, clean-up and recovery workers and evacuees.
"Circulos en Apoyo" were 12-week group sessions facilitated by peer educators and staff from community-based organizations.
The Committee for Hispanic Children conducted two seven-day trainings for 40 people: 19 peer educators, who were Latin American immigrants; 10 committee staff members, and 11 staff members from five community agencies.
Over the course of the grant period, the Committee for Hispanic Children and the community agencies established 19 groups serving 506 people. Group meetings took place at sites within New York City, including churches, schools, workers organizations and a Head Start program.